Robert Mitchell is a National Correspondent for Computerworld. He writes features, blogs and has more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry. Prior to joining Computerworld he was the manager of business development for an IT services company. He has served in a variety of editorial roles at several IT publications, including BYTE Magazine and Network World. For several years he also served as a marketing manager, a truly thankless job, where he helped deploy IT to automate sales and marketing efforts.
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It's challenging enough to provide bandwidth to more than 70,000 fans with mobile devices in an NFL stadium. But it wasn't until the Super Bowl last month that National Football League senior vice president and CIO Michelle McKenna-Doyle realized that a significant amount of available bandwidth was being wasted by the thousands of smart phones fans brought with them to the stadium.
This week Verizon Wireless announced changes to its Relevant Mobile Advertising Program that will allow the carrier to track your desktop surfing habits on the Web and use that information to help advertisers deliver targeted ads to your mobile phone. I've decided to opt out, but maybe not for the reasons you'd think.
Here's the deal:
SocialRadar, a new iPhone app, pulls from your social networks to tell you everything you need to know about people near you who are in up to six of your social networks, including their profile information, recent posts and where they are right now.
Almost every day it seems there's another revelation about what marketers, social media, or the government know about people's lives. But the most shocking development of late came last week with the news that OfficeMax had sent a bulk mailing to the family of a recently deceased teenager, addressing it to "Mike Seay/Daughter Killed in Car Crash/Or Current Business."
As offshore labor costs rise, labor-saving software bots stand ready to eliminate some of those jobs.
Schumacher is the lead investor in ad blocking software market leader Adblock Plus -- and the visionary behind its controversial Acceptable Ads business model. Here's why he thinks it will work.
New smartphones aren't exactly green: With most the batteries are nonreplaceable. So when the unit fails you throw away the phone. This is progress?
If you upgraded a Verizon Wireless phone at a store over the holidays you might want to check your paperless billing settings. According to Verizon, a bug in the wireless carrier's systems automatically enrolls customers in its paperless billing option. Both Verizon tech support and store representatives confirmed the problem. An online rep said Verizon Wireless' IT organization is working to resolve the problem.
All I want for Christmas is a new damned phone. I've had it with my Galaxy Nexus. But is there a replacement out there that will make all of my wishes come true?
FileMaker 13, which debuts today, represents a milestone in more ways than one. In April the database program will celebrate its 29th birthday. It’s mind boggling to think that this popular database has been around since 1985. And although Apple owns the product today, FileMaker originally only ran on MS-DOS. Even today, most customers use it on Windows, not the Mac.